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Angela Merkel: Europe's Mrs. Nein

Merkel's conservative Union bloc won about 42 percent of the vote, an improvement of more than eight points over Germany's last election in 2009, according to ARD and ZDF television projections based on exit polls and partial counts. They showed the conservatives falling just short of an absolute majority - which is possible because parties need 5 percent support to claim seats in the lower house. Many small parties miss that threshold, meaning their votes don't count in the division of seats. Her coalition partners of the past four years, the pro-business Free Democrats, were projected to win about 4.8 percent. Nevertheless, the Union's strong showing [source] was a personal victory for Merkel, solidifying her position as Europe's strongest political leader.
More: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57604075/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-wins-3rd-term/

Her father could be a taskmaster. When Merkel and her first husband separated in then-East Berlin, she needed a new place and came up against the citys housing shortage. Friends from the science academy forced open an old apartment near the Friedrichstrasse train station and helped refurbish it, using bureaucratic tricks to defeat the authorities. Lacking a state permit for the run-down place, Merkel was living like a squatter. When her father visited her there on her 30th birthday, he wasnt impressed. You havent gotten very far, he said. That would change as East http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/netherlands-santa-ceremony-causes-controversy Germany and its outdated economy headed toward oblivion.
More: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-19/angela-merkels-early-years-in-east-germany-shaped-her-crisis-politics

Angela Merkel wins big in Germany This is "Merkiavellism" at its best: Understated but achieving. And it's a strategy that is refreshing to watch. After all, it's not often that voters favor consistency over charisma, especially during times of economic strain. Merkel's anti-ego approach has made her an unlikely icon of our times. Comparisons with the "Iron Lady" are easy to make for a woman who regularly tops Time magazine's list of the world's most influential people and -- as the leader of Europe's richest nation -- holds huge sway over its finances. But Merkel's modus operandi is different. She may not care enough, some say, for consensus and view compromise.
More: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/26/business/angela-merkel-is-no-maggie-thatcher/index.html

Germany's http://charleswmwn.soup.io/post/369685494/Moyes-Drops-Ronaldo-Hint modest Mutti Merkel is no Iron Lady Thatcher

She is the first woman to be elected German chancellor, and the first former East German to take up the post. She came second in the most recent Forbes Powerful People list , trailing just behind U.S. President Barack Obama. Yet she is often attacked by her critics for being prone to indecision and cautious. So how did she become world's most powerful woman? Merkel, 59, the daughter of a Protestant minister, was brought up in a little town in then-Communist East Germany. She trained as physicist before turning to politics as the spokesperson of former East Germany's opposition movement "Democratic Awakening" during the revolution.
More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/germany-merkel-profile/index.html

Though they have almost all fallen on their own swords (for taking backhanders, plagiarising PhDs), their demise under her leadership has earned her one of her many nicknames, Mannermorderin (men murderer). She has often forged better relationships http://eugenioowmq.skyrock.com/3196494871-Usa-Flounders-On-European-Voyage.html with women. Indeed, her office manager and closest adviser is Beate Baumann, who is said to know her almost as well as her husband, shy chemistry professor Joachim Sauer. She has also forged lasting friendships with Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Christine Lagarde. And while having learned to work with her male counterparts, including George W Bush, Nicolas Sarkozy, Silvio Berlusconi, and to a lesser extent Vladimir Putin, she has let it be known that she despises their displays of overblown machismo.
More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/21/angela-merkel-german-elections

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